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Nontraditional Occupations For1 Women in 2008
(Numbers in thousands)  

Occupations

Architects, except naval: Employed Both Sexes = 233; Employed Female = 58; Percent Female = 24.8

Farmers and ranchers: Employed Both Sexes = 751; Employed Female = 183; Percent Female = 24.4

Network systems and data communications analysts: Employed Both Sexes = 422; Employed Female = 100; Percent Female = 23.7

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers: Employed Both Sexes 867; Employed Female = 205; Percent Female = 23.6

Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers: Employed Both Sexes = 217; Employed Female = 52; Percent Female = 23.9

Drafters: Employed Both Sexes = 162; Employed Female = 38; Percent Female = 23.4

Chief executives: Employed Both Sexes = 1,655; Employed Female = 387; Percent Female = 23.4

Dishwashers: Employed Both Sexes = 289; Employed Female = 66; Percent Female 22.7

Computer programmers: Employed Both Sexes = 534; Employed Female = 119; Percent Female = 22.4

Supervisors, protective service workers, all other: Employed Both Sexes = 102; Employed Female = 22; Percent Female = 21.7

Network and computer systems administrators: Employed Both Sexes = 227; Employed Female = 49; Percent Female = 21.4

Metal workers and plastic worker all other: Employed Both Sexes = 349; Employed Female = 74; Percent Female = 21.1

Computer software engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 1,034; Employed Female = 216; Percent Female = 20.9

Barbers: Employed Both Sexes = 87; Employed Female = 18; Percent Female = 20.8

Supervisors, transportation and material moving workers: Employed Both Sexes = 208; Employed Female = 43; Percent Female = 20.5

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic: Employed Both Sexes = 105; Employed Female = 21; Percent Female = 20.2

Printing machine operators: Employed Both Sexes = 213; Employed Female = 42; Percent Female = 19.8

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic: Employed Both Sexes = 50; Employed Female = 10; Percent Female = 19.7

Upholsterers: Employed Both Sexes = 56; Employed Female = 11; Percent Female = 19.7

Computer hardware engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 69; Employed Female 13; Percent Female – 19.4

Miscellaneous agricultural workers: Employed Both Sexes = 723; Employed Female = 140; Percent Female = 19.3

Detective and criminal investigators: Employed Both Sexes = 139; Employed Female = 27; Percent Female = 19.2

Engineering technicians, except drafters: Employed Both Sexes = 416; Employed Female = 77; Percent Female 18.5

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers: Employed Both Sexes = 874; Employed Female = 158; Percent Female = 18.1

Molders and molding machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic: Employed Both Sexes = 58; Employed Female = 10; Percent Female = 18.1

Motor vehicle operators, all other: Employed Both Sexes = 66; Employed Female = 12; Percent Female = 18.0

Couriers and messengers: Employed Both Sexes = 261; Employed Female = 45; Percent Female = 17.4

Baggage porters, bellhops, and concierges: Employed Both Sexes = 72; Employed Female = 13; Percent Female = 17.3

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand: Employed Both Sexes = 1,889; Employed Female = 324; Percent Female = 17.1

Chefs and head cooks: Employed Both Sexes = 351; Employed Female = 60; Percent Female = 17.0

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers: Employed Both Sexes = 239; Employed Female = 41; Percent Female 17.0

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators: Employed Both Sexes = 98; Employed Female = 16; Percent Female = 16.1

Precision instrument and equipment repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 58; Employed Female = 9; Percent Female = 15.4

Chemical processing machine setters, operators, and tenders: Employed Both Sexes = 52; Employed Female = 8; Percent Female = 15.4

Chiropractors: Employed Both Sexes = 60; Employed Female = 9; Percent Female = 15.3

Industrial engineers, including health and safety: Employed Both Sexes = 177; Employed Female = 26; Percent Female = 14.9

Clergy: Employed Both Sexes = 441; Employed Female = 65; Percent Female = 14.8

Service station attendants: Employed Both Sexes = 87; Employed Female = 13; Percent Female = 14.8

First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives: Employed Both Sexes = 117; Employed Female = 17; Percent Female = 14.7

Police and sheriff’s patrol officers: Employed Both Sexes = 674; Employed Female = 99; Percent Female = 14.7

Industrial production managers: Employed Both Sexes = 243; Employed Female = 35; Percent Female = 14.5

Refuse and recyclable material collectors: Employed Both Sexes = 98; Employed Female = 14; Percent Female = 14.0

Painting workers: Employed Both Sexes = 183; Employed Female = 25; Percent Female 13.6

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: Employed Both Sexes = 373; Employed Female = 49; Percent Female = 13.3

Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers: Employed Both Sexes = 108; Employed Female = 14; Percent Female = 13.3

Chemical engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 64; Employed Female = 8; Percent Female = 13.1

Parking lot attendants: Employed Both Sexes = 83; Employed Female = 10; Percent Female = 12.6

Engineers, all others: Employed Both Sexes = 363; Employed Female = 42; Percent Female = 11.5

Radio and telecommunications equipment and installers repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 200; Employed Female = 23; Percent Female = 11.4

Transportation inspectors: Employed Both Sexes = 51; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female 11.3

Parts salespersons: Employed Both Sexes = 119; Employed Female = 13; Percent Female = 10.8

Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 335; Employed Female 35; Percent = 10.5

Civil engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 346; Employed Female = 36; Percent Female = 10.4

Aerospace engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 137; Employed Female = 14; Percent Female = 10.3

Cost estimators: Employed Both Sexes = 100; Employed Female = 10; Percent Female = 10.0

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment: Employed Both Sexes = 317; Employed Female = 30; Percent Female = 9.5

Construction and building inspectors: Employed Both Sexes = 93; Employed Female = 9; Percent Female = 9.5

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers: Employed Both Sexes = 55; Employed Female = 5; Percent Female = 9.2

Industrial park and tractor operators: Employed Both Sexes = 568; Employed Female = 51; Percent Female = 8.9

Computer control programmers and operators: Employed Both Sexes = 68; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female = 8.7

First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and preventing workers: Employed Both Sexes = 54; Employed Female = 5; Percent Female = 8.7

Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators: Employed Both Sexes = 71; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female = 8.6

Construction managers: Employed Both Sexes = 1,244; Employed Female = 102; Percent 8.2

Pest control workers: Employed Both Sexes = 71; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female = 8.2

First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 300; Employed Female = 24; Percent Female = 8.0

Electrical and electronics engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 350; Employed Female = 27; Percent Female = 7.7

First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and grounds keeping workers: Employed Both Sexes = 258; Employed Female = 19; Percent Female = 7.5

Other installation, maintenance, and repair workers: Employed Both Sexes = 213; Employed Female = 16; Percent Female = 7.5

Machinists: Employed Both Sexes = 409; Employed Female = 28; Percent Female = 6.9

Mechanical engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 318; Employed Female = 21; Percent Female = 6.7

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters: Employed Both Sexes = 85; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female = 6.5

Engineering managers: Employed Both Sexes = 109; Employed Female = 7; Percent Female = 6.3

Painters, construction and maintenance: Employed Both Sexes = 647; Employed Female = 41; Percent Female = 6.3

Grounds maintenance workers: Employed Both Sexes = 1,262; Employed Female = 77; Percent Female = 6.1

Motor vehicle operators, all others: Employed Both Sexes = 74; Employed Female; 4; Percent Female = 5.5

Home appliance repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 51; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 5.3

Surveying and mapping technicians: Employed Both Sexes = 105; Employed Female = 5; Percent Female = 4.9

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers: Employed Both Sexes = 3,388; Employed Female = 167; Percent Female = 4.9

Fire fighters: Employed Both Sexes = 293; Employed Female = 14; Percent Female = 4.8

Sheet metal workers: Employed Both Sexes = 136; Employed Female = 7; Percent Female = 4.8

Railroad conductors and yardmasters: Employed Both Sexes = 53; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 4.7

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers: Employed Both Sexes = 598; Employed Female = 28; Percent Female = 4.7

Helpers, construction trades: Employed Both Sexes = 113; Employed Female = 5; Percent Female = 4.1

Crane and tower operators: Employed Both Sexes = 69; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 3.7

Maintenance and repair workers, general: Employed Both Sexes = 461; Employed Female =16; Percent Female = 3.5

Telecommunications line installers and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 204; Employed Female = 7; Percent Female = 3.3

Construction laborers: Employed Both Sexes = 1,651; Employed Female = 51; Percent Female = 3.1

Locomotive engineers and operators: Employed Both Sexes = 58; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 2.8

Other extraction workers: Employed Both Sexes = 55; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 2.8

First-line supervisors/managers or construction trades and extraction workers: Employed Both Sexes = 844; Employed Female = 23; Percent Female = 2.7

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 141; Employed Female = 4; Percent Female = 2.6

Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics: Employed Both Sexes = 439; Employed Female = 11; Percent Female = 2.6

Carpet, floor, and tile installer and finisher: Employed Both Sexes = 224; Employed Female 5; Percent Female = 2.3

Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers: Employed Both Sexes = 112; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 2.2

Mining machine operators: Employed Both Sexes = 51; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 2.2

Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers: Employed Both Sexes = 209; Employed Female = 4; Percent Female = 2.1

Automotive body and related repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 157; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 2.1

Small engine mechanics: Employed Both Sexes = 64; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 2.0

Heating, air conditioning, refrigeration mechanics and installers: Employed Both Sexes = 397; Employed Female = 8; Percent Female = 2.0

Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 86; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 1.9

Insulation workers: Employed Both Sexes = 874; Employed Female = 9; Percent Female = 1.9

Highway maintenance workers: Employed Both Sexes = 103; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 1.9

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians: Employed Both Sexes = 153; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 1.7

Stationary engineers and boiler operators: Employed Both Sexes = 101; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 1.7

Automotive service technicians and mechanics: Employed Both Sexes = 852; Employed Female = 14; Percent Female = 1.6

Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 75; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 1.6

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators: Employed Both Sexes = 398; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female = 1.5

Carpenters: Employed Both Sexes = 1,562; Employed Female = 24; Percent Female = 1.5

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters: Employed Both Sexes = 606; Employed Female = 8; Percent Female = 1.4

Electrical power-line installers and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 109; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 1.4

Roofers: Employed Both Sexes = 234; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 1.3

Dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators: Employed Both Sexes = 60; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 1.2

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics: Employed Both Sexes = 217; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 1.1

Tool and die makers: Employed Both Sexes = 71; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 1.0

Electricians: Employed Both Sexes = 874; Employed Female = 9; Percent Female = 1.0

Logging workers: Employed Both Sexes = 73; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 1.0

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists: Employed Both Sexes = 358; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 0.9

Millwrights: Employed Both Sexes = 60; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 0.9

Structural iron and steel workers: Employed Both Sexes = 77; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 0.9

Maintenance workers, machinery: Employed Both Sexes = 55; Employed Female = .4; Percent Female = 0.7

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons: Employed Both Sexes = 230; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 0.4

Data not shown where base (total employed, both sexes) is less than 50,000.

1Nontraditional occupations are those in which women comprise 25 percent or less of total employed. Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Annual Averages 2008.

Women’s Bureau
April 2009